"There is only one Daniel… He has a fragile perspective and sensitivity that he brings when he puts all the pieces together… And has the voice to evoke the sophistication of his feelings… He is a rare bird, to be treasured!" - Billy Corgan on Daniel Johns
Happy Birthday, Daniel!
Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003).
American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Born in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work being released between 1958, with her debut ‘Little Girl Blue’ and 1974. She became known as The High Priestess of Soul, and her most well known songs include “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “I Put a Spell on You”, “Four Women”, “I Loves You Porgy”, “Feeling Good”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Sinnerman”, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, “Mississippi Goddam”, “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” and “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl”.
Musicians who have covered her work or her specific renditions of songs include J.Viewz, Carola, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Donny Hathaway, Elkie Brooks, Roberta Flack, Jeff Buckley, Jhelisa Anderson, The Animals, Muse, Cat Power, Timbaland, Katie Melua, Feist, Shara Worden, and Michael Bublé. Nina’s music has featured in soundtracks of various motion pictures and video games, including but not limited to the The Big Lebowski, Point of No Return aka The Assassin, Notting Hill, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Dancer Upstairs, Before Sunset, Cellular, Inland Empire, Sex and the City, Revolutionary Road, and Watchmen. Nina’s last performance in Britain was at the Bishopstock Festival in August 2001.
She had suffered from breast cancer for several years before she died in her sleep at her home in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône on April 21, 2003.